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    Default Re: 'dated' or 'dated on'

    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    If I understand, you say that on is just used to stress the importance of the date, while 2006 says that dated on indicates the day that the date was printed on a magazine.
    From my perspective, 2006 and I agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage
    I'm afraid I really can't grasp the difference between dated and dated on. Is it really just a matter of importance? Is it just a nuance or does it completely change the meaning of the sentence?
    It depends on the context. 2006's product example is a case in point. (I'll use yoghurt as the product.) A container of yoghurt is dated twice: one date tells us when the yoghurt was made, the other date tells us when the yoghurt expires. The dates on that container read,

    made: 2007/06/27*
    expires: 2007/07/03

    Ex: The yoghurt dated to expire on 2007/07/03 ...
    Ex: The yoghurt dated 2007/07/03 ....
    Ex: The yoghurt dated on 2007/07/03 ....

    Ex: The yoghurt dated on 2007/06/27.
    Ex: The yoghurt dated 2007/06/27 ...


    Now, with things that don't expire, like letters, things that have just the one date, the word dated points us to a reference number, whereas the phrase dated on tells us the date is contextually important:

    Ex: In a letter dated on or about August 7, 1997, Mr. Plisner wrote to Ms. Krohn [on that day or about August 7]and asked for copies of certain data about D. Upon receiving no response, ... [/url=http://www.ipad.state.mn.us/opinions/1997/97047.html]Source[/url]

    The author of that sentence could have omitted on or about and sentence would be as clear as it is now; however, adding on (or about) changes the meaning slightly in that it tells us the date that follows is important in some way:

    Ex: In a letter dated August 7, 1997, Mr. Plisner wrote ...


    Does that help?
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    *International standard date and time notation
    Last edited by Casiopea; 02-Jul-2007 at 14:49.

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    Default Re: 'dated' or 'dated on'

    I'll try to shematize it in a few points in order to fix ideas.
    If I understand,
    a) dated on is used:
    a1) to stress the importance of a date
    a2) when talking about products/writings/articles to refer to the exact date it was made/written/etc.
    b) dated has a more general and less specific meaning

    Am I right?

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    Default Re: 'dated' or 'dated on'

    Englishlanguage, you are correct.

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    Default Re: 'dated' or 'dated on'

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Englishlanguage, you are correct.
    Thank you very much

    ...and I apologize to mir12480 for breaking into his thread. Sorry

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